Medical-marijuana patients who live in the Gig Harbor area needn't drive all the way to Tacoma or Seattle for safe access to cannabis. They have a local collective with a good selection and an across-the-board donation of $10 a gram right in Lakebay: Key Peninsula Collective. That simple and reasonable pricing structure is always a delight, especially when found at an out-of-the-way place with limited competition from other shops.
A few tokes in, I realized that Honeybee is an appropriate name for this strain: It's the buzz!
The collective--located across the street from a saloon, but with a much calmer clientele--can stand toe-to-toe with any of its urban counterparts. Key Peninsula offers a good selection, with eight indicas, five sativas, and three hybrids available the day I visited, alongside an excellent selection of medibles, tinctures, and seeds (including TGA Subcool strains) for the do-it-yourself grower.
Helpful budtender Sam was very knowledgeable about the medicinal qualities of all Key Peninsula's strains and products, and took down several different jars of flowers as I narrowed my selections to three: Honeybee, a sativa-dominant strain, and the indica-dominants Citral, bred from Hindu Kush, and Razzleberry, created from Raspberry and Purple Kush.
Honeybee is a mostly sativa hybrid created by famed cannabis breeder DJ Short. It combines Chocolate Thai, Purple Thai, Mexican Sativa, and some Afghani thrown in for a touch of fat indica bud mass and stout pain relief. The flowers have a certain sativa understatedness, but a few tokes in I realized that Honeybee is an appropriate name for this strain: It's the buzz! Honeybee has a clear, head-ringing high; the top-grade Mexican and Thai genetics sing clearly. Taste-wise, the strain has a pleasant spiciness, harkening back to its Thai forebears.
Meanwhile, Citral is one gorgeous marijuana strain. Its dense, fuzzy buds are thickly populated with sticky trichomes. If you crumble your weed by hand rather than using a grinder, you'll notice just how solid these flowers are--so much so that it takes an extra couple of minutes to roll a joint. We should all have such problems.
Citral's scent is much subtler than you'd expect of an indica. It's a fresh bouquet, with no hint of skunkage. The smell has been compared to dryer sheets, but I found it much more pleasant than that. The flavor was delicious, and the effects included wonderful pain relief and euphoria, without the couchlock syndrome associated with many of its indica sisters. This makes Citral a great choice for daytime pain relief with functionality.
Razzleberry, on the other hand, is a smoke best saved for bedtime, unless your pain is such that you're willing to sleep the day away. If you smoke more than a toke or two of it, you're going to get drowsy; it's the kind of body-stone indica that makes your extremities feel heavier--but pain-free! Once I gauged the effects of Razzleberry, I saved it for my bedtime smoke. It's a great sleep aid.